Two years after their last show, rumours about a Dismemberment Plan reunion have now become nothing more than a pipe dream, expressed only in the minds of indie fans around the world. Thank god, then, for So Many Dynamos and their new album ‘The Loud Wars’. SMD’s first album was mixed by former Plan member Jason Cadell, and on this record, singer Aaron Stovall’s vocals are a loving homage to The Plan’s Travis Morrison’s poignant pleading on the milestone ‘Emergency & I’. The vocal melodies are clever, the drums come straight out of the Q And Not U textbook and the guitar and synth riffs are filled with more jerks and jabs than a Kung-Fu academy – but its warmth and sense of humour prevent The Loud Wars from becoming a sterile, cynic math punk exercise.

By Matthias Scherer

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